February 10, 2014

Monday Pep Rally: Motivation

Since we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters - and it's fun to keep the conversation flowing - we've take the Pep Rally to twitter! Every Monday, we host a twitter chat and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

Hey Misfiteers!

It's Monday! Start of another week! Are we excited?! Can someone pass me the coffee? ;) 

Speaking of coffee: let's talk about motivation. I've recently started drafting a new book and as always when I'm trying to figure out the best method for the story, I've been playing around with different kind of motivators. I like the occasional writing sprint. I love my (AMAZING) alphas bugging me for chapters. I prefer to work with self-imposed deadlines. But all those things are quite negative motivators: it's either "winning" or failing. And on days when I'm not feeling the muse, I much prefer a method that focuses on the positives and the goals I reach. (Because c'mon, writing can be hard enough without beating ourselves up over it.) 

So recently, I've started the sticker method. Which is really quite easy. For every X words you write/edit (and find a goal that's comfortable for you) you get to put a sticker on your calender. The more words you write, the more colorful it becomes. And if you're anything like me, a few days in you're all SHINIES. GOTTA CATCH EM ALL. which is pretty sweet ;) But mostly, it helps me focus on the accomplishments, and there really isn't a better motivator.

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So today, I'd like to hear from you about what motivates you to write on days where you really don't feel like it. What motivates you to pick up a virtual pen? Or to reach your daily wordcount / revision goal? And if you're a fan of the sticker method: show me those stickers!


Patricia Lynne said...

I've heard about the sticker method and have been meaning to try it. Any reason to buy stickers. ;)

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